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  1. Thank goodness you made it home. I am grateful for your posts and the information shared. Please continue to stay safe in Oklahoma and look forward to your next adventure, although hopefully it will be smoother sailing next time.
  2. Hello to my neighbors around the globe. I am staying home with my beautiful bride here in Oklahoma. I was scheduled to be in Las Vegas this weekend for the sweet sixteen round of the college basketball tournament. Of course that was cancelled, due to travel restrictions, social distancing recommendations and no more sporting events. My retirement B2B cruise was scheduled for May 1st, but that has also gone by the wayside. My thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by this pandemic. I look forward to visiting Spain next summer and continuing my search for the perfect liter of Sangria. My bride prefers the Sangria made with Cava and I prefer bubble free, but extra fruit. Please stay safe and remember that the most important issue is protecting your family and surviving the hurdles to come. Respectfully, Jim
  3. Hello fellow knee sufferers, I am one week post TKR on the left. The first TKR on the right was August 2018. I very much agree on pool therapy. Once my staples are removed and the incision is healed I will be headed back to the Y for PT in the pool. I found that walking 45 minutes, or so in the lap lane is a pretty good work out for range of motion. It helps me build endurance and allows me to move in an almost weightless environment. Best wishes to all of you for speedy recoveries and future adventures. Jim
  4. Thank you for the thoughtful and well written review. Best wishes, and keep the reviews coming. Jim
  5. Congratulations Lois, I send you wishes for many wonderful adventures in your next chapter. I am also about to join the ranks of the retired. February 1st will be my first day of freedom and my first time without a job in over 48 years. I am excited and a little concerned about what the future will bring. Best wishes, Jim
  6. Hello to all of my fellow cruisers with hearing loss. I also lost my hearing suddenly, literally overnight during the summer of 2014. I had my first CI surgery two months after the hearing loss and was both pleased and dismayed at the same time. It was amazing to hear again, but it was frustrating to not understand what I was hearing. I worked very hard at my therapy and was making progress. Unfortunately I developed a bad infection and had to have the CI removed. The follow up surgery nine months later was much more painful and life changing. The CI was replaced, but in the process a lot of nerve damage was done, that created the loss of smell and taste. It has been four years since the second surgery and many of those senses have still not returned. I am especially thankful for finding a really helpful Audiologist. I have progressed from everyone sounding like a computer, to something closer to normal sounding speech. I have made great progress with lip reading and often rely on having my DW repeating whenever I cannot understand what people are saying. What I hope to pass along to others is that after my struggles and setbacks, I have learned to embrace the "quiet". I really enjoy cruising, and don't feel as though I am missing out because I don't hear whats going on around me. I guess it could be a concern if you were traveling solo, but there are phone apps, and pagers provided by the major cruise lines to inform you of important announcements. Please don't let hearing loss prevent you from experiencing the wonderful joys of travel. There are phone apps that will convert speech to text, and even translate while traveling abroad. Bon Voyage, happy sailing. Jim P.S. Has anyone else had negative reaction from their wearing CI's from the "Deaf" community ?
  7. The solution that works best for me and my DW, is that i will escort her inside and park her as nearby security check-in as possible. I then return to the line and work my way through the maze. Once I arrive at security, I collect DW and get her through security check in and then repeat the process by parking her nearby the check in to receive cards and present documents. I then return to the line and run the gauntlet all over again. When Its my turn at check in, I present my documents and collect DW to present passports. This delays us a little, but it prevents her from having to be inline for any real period of time. She always has her kindle to read, or a bit of hand sewing to work on while waiting on her slow husband... She has rented a scooter previously for use on ship, so that she has freedom of movement and to prevent having to bring her lesser half with her all the time. We don't let mobility issues prevent us from enjoying the wonder of travel and I encourage everyone to find a solution that works best for them and to see the most of the world as you can. Best wishes, Jim
  8. Thank you Seaburd for the informative updated cabin information. I haven't sailed Carnival, or Holland for at least a decade. I have read about different categories of accessible cabins and appreciate the opportunity to choose an appropriate level of cabin based on individual needs. I would like to think that many regular rooms could be modified to be more accessible without a complete retro fit. I am constantly amazed by all of the helpful and knowledgeable people who share their ideas and experiences here on CC. If anything I have posted has in any way offended anyone, please accept my sincere apologies. I would gladly sail with each and everyone of you and continue to learn from your collective wisdom. Best wishes, Jim
  9. Thank you Betty and Bloodgem, It was never my intention to offend either of you, or the other wonderful posters here. I was trying to express that I believe the responsibility lies with us. If traveling is important, and you need certain accommodations then make certain that you are vigilant about checking when cruises are announced and vacancies are available to be booked. It can be difficult to plan eighteen to twenty four months in advance, but it is better to secure the type of cabin you require than to allow someone else to deny your trip because they were more proactive. I don't hesitate to make a booking a year, or two in advance but I don't make final payment until absolutely necessary which allows me the freedom to alter or cancel plans. I honestly believe that relying on other peoples judgement to determine whether someone is worthy, or deserving of a cabin category is fraught with room for even more abuse or poor decision making. I honestly don't feel it should be required for me to carry fifty plus years worth of medical records to convince a ships officer that I, or my DW require handrails, no raised doorsteps etc... I'm not confident that a ships hotel director, or other officers are competent to determine what is in my best interest for safe traveling accommodations. I certainly can agree that the current limited amount of accessible cabins reflects the lack of interest by the cruise industry in making their ships more inclusive. That's why I am preaching vigilance and checking availability early and often. Please believe me when I say that I would gladly prefer to travel in a regular cabin and have the luxury of last minute prices and plenty of availability and broader choices of sailings if only that was an option. Best wishes to all and hopefully plenty of opportunities for future smooth sailings. Jim
  10. Dear Bloodgem, Perhaps I misunderstood your message, or the point you are wanting to make. I am aware that people like to judge and determine what others are entitled to. I would never subject, or allow myself to being "policed" by a ship's officer to see if my limitations meet their, or YOUR expectations of what may be needed to "qualify" for an accessible cabin. I do not use a handicap placard or handicap parking because I believe there is always someone who may need it more. I am not restricted to a chair, and I don't use a scooter. However without handrails and other accessible features I would not be able to cruise. I have endured snobbery from others who feel that I or my DW don't qualify, or deserve assistance, or accessible cabins. Apparently relying on canes instead of scooters causes others less informed to complain that we are not worthy in their estimation. I shouldn't have to explain to complete strangers (fellow passengers, or ship's officers) that my DW has had to endure three separate reconstructive surgeries just to be able to walk very limited distances. Or that I have bounced back from two separate brain surgeries in addition to knee replacements and six additional major joint surgeries. I once was confronted by a woman in a scooter that was going to "tell me off" for having an accessible cabin when I wasn't in a wheelchair. I didn't point out that she wasn't in a wheelchair, but I was tempted to drop trousers and explain that when you have that many miles of scars you get to book any damn cabin you like. I believe I may have at least a partial solution for those having difficulty finding accommodations that will meet their needs and it doesn't involve letters from Doctor's or the ADA, or being approved by the hotel director on-board. If traveling is really important to you, then put in the time and effort to find and book the cabin you need before some inconsiderate able bodied person does. If the people complaining on here were putting the same effort into finding and securing what they need, the problem would be reduce greatly. I understand that there are many things beyond my understanding, or control. However you won't find me complaining that someone else should create rules, or laws to satisfy my wants. Do the best you can, put in the effort yourself and then learn to accept the results. I would like to wish smooth sailings to all of my fellow travelers, whether they be disabled, or fit as a fiddle. Jim
  11. Well done D&D, Thank you for your service and I wish you many years of happy travel together. I will be calling it done next January after 37 years defending the thin blue line. Best wishes to you both, Jim
  12. Thank you for the well versed review and insights. I have seventeen cruises under my belt, but very much enjoy hearing other perspectives. I don't have to agree with other opinions, but I can definitely learn from them. Every vacation reveals new information and experiences. Best wishes for your future travels, an please continue to share your insights.
  13. I would recommend checking online. I have previously purchased euros through Wells Fargo (although now they require an account) so my current choice of Bank of America. Check the rates for a week or two and buy whenever they dip in price. There are several online currency exchange businesses that generally have lower rates than local banks. Good luck, and enjoy Barcelona. My absolutely favorite port.
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